Lantern Floating Ceremony

The annual Lantern Floating Ceremony will take place at Klopp Lake in the Arcata Marsh will begin on Sat.  at 7pm.  As in past years, materials and help for making lanterns will be available during the Farmers' Market on the northwest side of the Arcata Plaza on the morning of the ceremony, from 9am - 2:30pm.
Lantern floating ceremonies have been traditional in Japan for many centuries.  An event is held annually in Hiroshima to honor those who suffered and died in the bombing, but long before that the lanterns carried messages of loving remembrance of friends and family who have passed away.  Arcata's ceremony now includes this older meaning, as well as being an occasion for the community to re-dedicate itself to the cause of peace.
All are invited to gather at the lake for a program including music and poetry, followed at dusk by the launching of the lanterns.
Introduced 35 years ago by Arcata's Nuclear Free Zone Committee to commemorate the tragic loss of life in the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the ceremony is now sponsored by the City of Arcata with the Humboldt chapters of GI Rights Hotline, Buddhist Peace Fellowship, nyo-en, USServas, Veterans for Peace Chapter 56 and Women's International League for Peace and Freedom. 





Lantern Ceremony

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Klopp Lake
Arcata Marsh
Arcata, CA

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  • 7pm Ceremony
  • 9am - 2:30pm Make a Lantern Arcata Plaza
  • music and poetry